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Oct 19, 2020

Vote. It’s Important

By Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

Election day is almost upon us. Is your opinion important? Only if you choose to express it at the polls.  Of late, I have witnessed some of the most demanding and perhaps uncertain months of my lifetime.  There has always been confusion around elections with stories of this and that flying around between parties, finger-pointing and mudslinging. But this year, we have reached new levels of insecurity and protest. The extremes appear to be creating greater divides between us.

My goal in this article is not to choose your direction. Now more than ever, I believe we need to go beyond the thought of whose running and look at the big picture for our Nation. Night after night the news shows many Americans feel we are not going in the right direction for more reasons than ever before. The scary part of this to me is seeing so many differing opinions from splintered corners of our society. With that said, let’s take this time to look inward and focus on our one vote, which only we can use wisely or not at all, as it is our decision in the booth (private and personal).

We all could benefit if we take the time to better develop our opinions and review more than one side of each issue, make a solid choice for good reason and then get out for the election. It is in our mutual best interest to see as many of the electorate as possible show up in November. Year after year we leave important decisions on who will run government to a hand full of citizens. Surveys show such polarization, that only a small percentage of people in the middle (“undecided voters” as pollsters call them) seem to sway the course of leadership in our country.

Some have said, “Why vote? The outcome doesn’t seem to affect me.” But I strongly disagree. The right to vote is one that far too many people around the world still do not have the true freedom to enjoy. Even if casting your ballot doesn’t seem to change an outcome, the process may have a profound impact on you and perhaps those around you.

This year, let’s pay more attention and seriously review the candidates. Evaluate the parties and the individuals on the ballot and see who would move in the direction you could agree with. I challenge you to invest some time and make a practical and informed decision, and my hope is that each of us will vote right.

Vote with passion, conviction and a clear understanding of what you and your fellow Americans need most, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt